Cebu City gov't denies buying 'tuob' kits worth P2.5 million pesos

Annie Perez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 13 2020 07:01 PM

CEBU CITY - The Cebu City government denied on Monday purchasing 'tuob' or steam inhalation kits, contrary to reports making the rounds online that 1,000 kits were bought worth P2.5 million.

Atty. Rey Gealon, spokesperson of the city government, said no funds were released as the supplier donated the items.

"A supplier waived the payment and it was good as a donation," said Gealon.

City Councilor Jerry Guardo, who filed a resolution with Councilor Nestor Archival, disclosed a budget of P2.5 million for the purchase of tuob kits was released.

"Igo ra ko nag-promote (sa tuob). But, as to procurement, ilaha na na sa executive department," Guardo, who wants barangay isolation centers to use 'tuob', said in an interview on TeleRadyo Cebu's Arangkada.

(I just promote it. But, as to procurement, that's up to the executive department.)

The donated kits, which each has an electric water heater, towel, a plastic basin, steam gown, and an industrial plastic chair, are already in barangay isolation centers.

'Tuob' is a process where one covers with a blanket to inhale steam.

Some have advocated for its use by COVID-19 patients, although the Department of Health said it is not science-based.

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